Dirtiest week for water in EPA history

Photo: Dirtiest week for water in EPA history

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Before the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, our nation’s waters were in trouble. Lake Erie was virtually dead, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and the Androscoggin River in Maine was so polluted it peeled paint on nearby buildings. Many of America’s waters had become little more than lifeless, open sewers.

Nobody wants to return to the bad old days of polluted, dirty rivers. … [more…]

Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge

Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge

Photo: In a report released recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, University of California, and the India Meteorological Department, Pune, said nearly 50% of the country is currently facing drought with at least 16% falling in the “exceptional” or “extreme” category (Hindustan Times)

India’s groundwater recharge is not adequate even though drought conditions are making us extract more and more of the resource, and that the people are wasting

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EPA meeting on Michindoh Aquifer draws crowd to Fayette

photo: EPA meeting on Michindoh Aquifer draws crowd to Fayette

FAYETTE, Ohio — They came. They demonstrated.

They groaned, they rolled their eyes, and they whispered to people on either side of them once everyone was seated on the Fayette High School’s hard, wooden gymnasium bleachers, with at least four Fayette police officers standing watch.

But overall, the unusually large crowd that attended Tuesday night’s public information session about Artesian of Pioneer’s plan to tap into the nine-county Michindoh Aquifer … [more…]

It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

Some half a million acres of the most productive agricultural region on the planet — California’s San Joaquin Valley — will have to fall fallow, a new report says. There just isn’t enough water.

Farmers have been using so much water that wells have run dry and the ground has sunk as much as 28 feet in places. So California passed a law back in 2014 to stop its overdraft … [more…]

A massive aquifer lies beneath the Mojave Desert.

photo: the Mojave desert sits above an underground aquifer - should be tap it or preserve it or recharge it?

Photo: The sun sets on the Mojave National Preserve in Kelso, Calif., in early February. There is water under the desert, and whether to tap it on a commercial scale is a crucial debate in California. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The Washington Post)

Could it help solve California’s water problem?

CADIZ VALLEY, Calif. — The landscape here is more Martian than Earthly, rust and tan plains that rise in the distance … [more…]